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by Eric Clapton


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Eric Clapton's 40-plus-year career has spanned the entire history of modern rock, from his early years as a young blues-influenced guitarist with the Bluesbreakers and the Yardbirds, his coming-out years as part of the power trio Cream, then as part of the one-off group Blind Faith, through his arguable peak with Derek & the Dominos, and his subsequent solo career, which saw him mellow down and slide to the radio-friendly middle of the road before swinging back to his beloved blues with an older man's regrets and joys. This two-disc set chronicles the middle portion of all this, opening with three classic songs ("Sunshine of Your Love," "Crossroads," and "White Room") from his time with Cream, segueing into "Presence of the Lord" from the one Blind Faith album, then charging through three absolute gems from Derek & the Dominos ("Layla," "Bell Bottom Blues," "Why Does Love Have to Be So Sad") before settling into his solo years with easy, safe covers of "Willie and the Hand Jive," "I Shot the Sheriff," "Cocaine," "After Midnight," and "Tulsa Time," as well as crafted originals like the endearing and romantic "Wonderful Tonight." Clapton was never an adventurous explorer on guitar like Jimi Hendrix -- he had instead a timeless feel for appropriate tone and phrasing in his guitar playing -- and his long career has been navigated with tremendous grace against all kinds of odds. This collection tells the story.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/05/2011
Label: Polydor / Umgd
UPC: 0600753329269
catalogNumber: 001540202
Rank: 61797

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Johnny Otis   Composer
Bob Marley   Composer
Jack Bruce   Composer
J.J. Cale   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Bonnie Bramlett   Composer
Delaney Bramlett   Producer
Marcy Levy   Composer
Jim Gordon   Composer
Jimmy Miller   Producer
Richard Aaron   Back Cover Photo
Pete Brown   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer,Producer
Derek & the Dominos   Arranger,Producer
Tom Dowd   Producer,Executive Producer
Richard Feldman   Composer
Rob Fraboni   Producer
Glyn Johns   Producer
Elmore James   Composer
Robert "P-Nut" Johnson   Composer
Morris Levy   Composer
Clarence Lewis   Composer
Roger Linn   Composer
Felix Pappalardi   Producer
Carl Radle   Producer
Don Robey   Composer
George Terry   Composer
Billy Myles   Composer
Michael Putland   Cover Photo
Danny Flowers   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Joe Veasey   Composer

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